* * * We really do have different feelings about players who stayed with one club for their entire careers. Now you tell me: When was the last time you thought about Ramon Hernandez? He had his best year for Baltimore, his second base year for Oakland and his third best year for San Diego.
This is a matter of circumstance and timing and a player’s will more than anything else, but it’s real. He played in six different playoff series for three different teams … The point is not to say that Ramon Hernandez was as good as Jason Varitek — I’ve already said he was not quite as good.
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We play the Player A and Player B game again — here are two fine defensive big league catchers. The point is that we tell the story of baseball through the prism of circumstances.
Player A: .263/.327/.417, 1,345 hits, 262 doubles, 169 homers, WAR 21.6, d WAR 8.1 Player B: .256/.341/.435, 1307 hits, 306 doubles, 193 homers, WAR 24.3, d WAR 8.5 It’s pretty clear that Player B is a bit better than Player A right. In baseball terms, Varitek was a slightly better Ramon Hernandez.
He was catching in the game when the Red Sox finally won the World Series, he was the team captain when they won it again, he hit a grand slam in the World Baseball Classic, etc. Varitek was the 14th pick in the amateur draft in 1994 — this after he won the Dick Howser Award and the Golden Spikes Award and Baseball America College Player of the Year Award and all the other awards they give out to college players.
He had been taken by the Mariners in the first round one year earlier, but decided to go back to college, and he helped lead Georgia Tech to the College World Series title game.
Sherm Lollar is another catcher with similar careers to Hernandez, Steinbach and Varitek — again, probably a little bit better.
He played for four different teams and was not as appreciated as Steinbach or Varitek, but more appreciated than Hernandez. Varitek was a charmed baseball player his whole life.
Rumors of Varitek and Watney’s relationship had been swirling for months prior to the divorce filings.
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Fun coincidence: Varitek was taken by Seattle two picks after the Red Sox had taken Varitek’s college teammate, Nomar Garciaparra.